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Social Affairs Forum Newsletter - January 2016
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SECRETARIAT UPDATES

NEXT SAF AND ROUND TABLE - 4-5 April 2016
 
Our next Social Affairs Forum will take place on 4 April (14.00-18.00, exact time tbc), followed by a round table on social safeguards in conjunction with the final LABCIT conference on 5 April. More details and programmes will follow.
 
Please save the date and register here.

Please be reminded to provide your input on our SAF paper on social safeguards (deadline 12 February)!
 
OUR PUBLICATIONS
 
Progressive Structural Reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment
On 1 December 2015, SOLIDAR published our edited volume “Progressive Structural Reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment” in the European Parliament with the participation of several Members of the European Parliament, academics, civil society representatives and many other stakeholders.
Please find the online version here.
 
Social Progress Watch Report 2015
Two years after the launch of our tool for monitoring social progress at national level, SOLIDAR’s Social Progress Watch shows consistently the drastic impact of one-sided policy reforms focused on budget discipline and fiscal consolidation at national and regional level. Not only have Greece, Portugal and other Troika-ridden countries reached the limit of what is left of their social welfare states, economically prosperous countries also report deteriorating conditions for workers, the unemployed, youth and other groups.
 
Here you can find the 14 country reports developed by national strategy groups led by SOLIDAR members and partners: AustriaBulgariaCroatiaFranceGermanyGreeceHungaryItalythe NetherlandsRomaniaSerbiaSlovakiaSpainUnited Kingdom and the General Report for 2015.
 
Read the activity report of our launch event on 1 December 2015 here.
POLICY UPDATES

We would like to inform you that the SOLIDAR secretariat is currently feeding into the following legislative and non-legislative processes in the European Parliament, mainly in cooperation with the Greens and the Social Democrats. 

Our contributions are based on your inputs to the Social Progress Watch 2015.
  • Report on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) in the Trade Committee
  • New EC Trade Strategy, Report in the Trade Committee
  • Annual Growth Survey, Report in the EMPL Committee
  • Women and Poverty, Opinion in EMPL and Report in FEMM
  • Social Dumping, Report in EMPL
  • Women in the Digital Age, Opinion in EMPL
  • Refugees: labour market and social integration, Own-initiative report in EMPL
Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015 – No reason to celebrate
Read more
Social Progress Watch on availability and quality of social and healthcare service
Read more


Social Progress Watch on poverty and social inclusion
Read more
SOLIDAR reflecting on the priorities of the Dutch Presidency
Read more


Photo © European Union, 2016 / Source: AFP-Services, EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok
OTHER EVENTS

SOLIDAR Board Meeting
17 February 2016, Brussels
NEXT MEETINGS OF THE SOCIAL AFFAIRS FORUM IN 2015

SAF and Roundtable on social standards
4-5  April 2016, Brussels
Registration
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